The Lullaby Project is a national program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.
The world is big and scary
But there’s no courage without fear.
Nothing in life worth having
Ever comes without a fight.
Hush little baby, child that holds my heart.
Don’t shed a tear, you’re safe, Mother’s here.
– Emily’s Lullaby for C.J.
Since 2013 the Seattle Symphony has partnered with Mary’s Place, which shelters families experiencing homelessness, to present the annual Lullaby Project. The Lullaby Project is a workshop series where Seattle Symphony musicians and teaching artists come alongside mothers in crisis situations to create personal lullabies for their children.
Over the course of a short two-month period, musicians and teaching artists meet with participating parents in a creative workshop where parents express their thoughts and hopes for their children in writing. Working with Symphony musicians and teaching artists, they pull out words, phrases and themes to craft into verses and melodies, creating personalized lullabies.
These are then arranged by a Seattle Symphony composer and professionally recorded at Benaroya Hall with Seattle Symphony musicians performing the lullaby created by the parent. Musicians, teaching artists and participants gather together to listen to the recording and reflect on the impact of this songwriting experience.
The project culminates in a live celebration concert at Benaroya Hall that is free for the community to attend. Participants bring their families and friends to a heartwarming performance of their songs that highlights the powerful stories of families experiencing homelessness in Seattle.
Experience the lullabies yourself on the Seattle Symphony’s Soundcloud channel.
IN THE NEWS
Interview with Dave Beck on Classical KING FM 98.1
Seattle Refined: The Lullaby Project a Mother’s Musical Wish Come True
ABOUT MARY’S PLACE
Mary’s Place is a leading voice for homeless women, children and families in emergency situations. They empower families to reclaim their lives by offering community, acceptance, hope and dignity. Their work keeps struggling families together and provides practical tools and resources that help them find housing and employment. They inspire the community to support homeless women, children and families through advocacy, partnerships, volunteerism and philanthropy.
Visit marysplaceseattle.org to learn more.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We hope you will learn more about all the organizations that partner with us in our Simple Gifts initiative and seek out opportunities to help others in your own communities. It can be the simple gift of time spent volunteering. It can be the gift of becoming more attuned to the root causes of homelessness and what can be done to help people experiencing this low time in their lives. It can be attending these Symphony performances where the art and music and poetry of some of our most vulnerable citizens will be shared. To someone so accustomed to going unseen, this is a gift in and of itself.
Thank you for joining us in lifting up our fellow community members, and thank you for being part of our journey of giving Simple Gifts. To support the Lullaby Project, give online or call Donor Relations at 206.215.4832. Every gift makes a difference!